The Ola Dubh 12 year old is definitely a different beast to the Old Engine Oil that it is based on, with a very sweet nose backed up an umami rich soy sauce note. The sweetness comes from stewed raisin and berry flavours, along with an astringent but sweet liquorice touch.
To taste it’s again much lighter than the nose and colour suggest, with sweet fruit quickly swamped by dark roasted malt. Fortunately, stopping it from becoming unbalanced, the rich stewed fruit hangs around underneath.
It finishes with char, Marmite and lots of bitterness initially, with some fruit creeping around the sides of the tongue as it lingers.